Former leg-spinner of the Indian team Anil Kumble has supported former coach of Uttarakhand cricket team and former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer facing allegations of selection of the team on religious grounds. Uttarakhand Cricket Association (CAU) officials have accused Jaffer of trying to involve players in the state team on religious grounds for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Jaffer was then the coach of the Uttarakhand team, but resigned from his post on Tuesday after being accused of it. Kumble, while replying to Jaffer’s twitter, wrote on Thursday, ‘I am with you Wasim. You did the right thing. Unfortunately, those players will now miss your mentorship. Earlier, Jafar described the attempt to include players in the state team on religious grounds as baseless and baseless.
He said that the first thing is that the players never chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ in the team nor they have ever stopped the players from doing so. Under Jaffer, who scored 1944 runs in 31 Tests for India, Uttarakhand’s team managed to win only one of the five matches in the group stage at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
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CAU officials had accused Jaffer that Jaffer recommended all-rounder Iqbal Abdullah to be the team captain of Uttarakhand for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. But Jaffer says he recommended Jai Bista to be the captain of the Uttarakhand team, but CAU secretary Mahim Verma and selection committee chairman Rizwan Shamshad recommended Abdullah to be the captain.